Massachusetts 79, Arkansas 63
ATLANTA (AP) _ Massachusetts coach John Calipari keeps insisting that no one will give his team the proper due unless it reaches the Final Four. Well, the Minutemen are one step away.
The nation’s top-ranked team didn’t start All-America center Marcus Camby, but advanced to the NCAA East Regional finals with an overpowering 79-63 victory Thursday night over Arkansas, a No. 12 seed that had pulled off stunning upsets in the first two rounds.
It quickly became apparent that the Razorbacks, a freshman-dominated team, would advance no further that the round of 16 in this year’s tournament. Not against UMass (34-1), the region’s top seed, which has now won eight in a row since its only loss of the season to George Washington.
The Minutemen will face Georgetown, a 98-90 winner over Texas Tech, in the regional finals Saturday.